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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Article: In Saudi Arabia, An Uphill Fight To Out-Shout The Extremists

I will admit that I also like listening to NPR. I try to read multiple news sources. Yesterday when I was on NPR, I saw this article: In Saudi Arabia, An Uphill Fight To Out-Shout The Extremists. Although I'm not familiar with al-Maeena, he sounds like someone I would support. I agree with his positions:

"I am talking about liberal in accepting other people's religion," Maeena says. "To each his own."
"Unfortunately, our religion has been hijacked by these self-appointed guardians of religion," he says. "And they also think they can hold sway over people, and I think that is wrong."

I think these positions are needed to help fight groups like ISIS. I don't think it's wrong for any faith to accept other religions, especially in the case of Islam. Christians and Jews are "People of the Book" as well and I think terror groups ignore this. I hope people listen to al-Maeena and use these tactics to stop terrorism.

I guess this will be an entry that I'll follow up on once an answer becomes clearer.


  1. I listen to Pravda way more... Right now they're talking about the new Ukrainian president.
    I try to read multiple news sources, too, though, like not just the NYT, but also People's World and Xinhua! (Now that I'm telling you, it seems my news sources might be very clearly biased... in the socialist direction. *cough*)

    OK! I found an article on the news website my first Russian teacher recommended me about Saudi Arabia's contribution to Soviet science! It concerns someone named Karim Hakimov in 1938, it seems.

    This is the Wikipedia article about al-Maeena, if it's at all helpful.

    Is it wrong to embrace something responsible for something else terrible? That may be what makes people so antsy.

    1. That could be true! I'll have to take a look at the link you sent me. After I map my New York trip!

    2. I hope your NYC trip may prove successful!

  2. Extremists tend to drown out the voices of everyone else, to the detriment of everyone. :(

    1. Yes, just like that guy in France. I hate when commenters on Yahoo groups all Muslims as terrorists. That's not true. I don't think religious terrorists (of any faith) or even terrorists in race groups, etc. are terrorist because of their religion, race, gender, etc., I think there is just something wrong with the terrorist. It's just sad when people associate the terrorism with other things outside of the person who committed the crime.